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  • Def Jam, Inc.by Stacy Gueraseva; Brett Ratner

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 23.95

    In the early ?80s, the music industry wrote off hip-hop as a passing fad. Few could or would have predicted that the improvised raps and raw beats busting out of New York City?s urban underclass would one day become a multimillion-dollar business and one of music?s most lucrative genres. Among those few were two visionaries: Russell Simmons, a young... more...

  • The Tanning of Americaby Steve Stoute

    Penguin Group US 2011; US$ 26.00

    The business marketing genius at the forefront of today?s entertainment marketing revolution helps corporate America get hip to today?s new consumer?the tan generation. When Fortune 500 companies need to reenergize or reinvent a lagging brand, they call Steve Stoute. In addition to marrying cultural icons with blue-chip marketers, Stoute has helped... more...

  • Beastie Boysby Jonathan A. Zwickel

    ABC-CLIO 2011; US$ 35.00

    No matter where they focused their energies, the Beastie Boys have defined success by their own standards. The New York City trioŅMichael Diamond, Adam "MCA" Yauch, and Adam "Ad-Rock" HorovitzŅare a force of nature, still going strong after 20 years and 40 million records sold. more...

  • Bring the Noiseby Simon Reynolds

    Faber & Faber 2009; US$ 14.57

    Writing on rock and hip-hop, and the creative tensions between the two, from the best-selling author of Rip It Up and Start Again. more...

  • How to Wreck a Nice Beachby Dave Tompkins

    Melville House 2011; US$ 22.95

    The history of the vocoder: how popular music hijacked the Pentagon's speech scrambling weapon The vocoder, invented by Bell Labs in 1928, once guarded phones from eavesdroppers during World War II; by the Vietnam War, it was repurposed as a voice-altering tool for musicians, and is now the ubiquitous voice of popular music. In How to Wreck a... more...

  • The Rap and Hip Hop Quiz Bookby Kevin Snelgrove

    Andrews UK 2011; US$ 3.99

    Are you a fan of rap and hip hop? Are you familiar with artists such as Snoop Dog, Ice T and Lil’ Kim? Can you name all the trailblazing rappers and singers and their hits? If so, you will enjoy trying to answer the 100 quick questions in The Rap & Hip Hop Quiz Book. For which album did Dizzee Rascal win the 2003 Mercury Prize? What was the name... more...

  • Bring the Noiseby Simon Reynolds

    Soft Skull Press 2011; US$ 16.95

    Bring the Noise weaves together interviews, reviews, essays, and features to create a critical history of the last twenty years of pop culture, juxtaposing the voices of many of rock and hip hop?s most provocative artists?Morrissey, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, The Stone Roses, P.J. Harvey, Radiohead?with Reynolds?s own passionate analysis. With... more...

  • Holler If You Hear Me (2006)by Michael Eric Dyson

    Basic Books 2006; US$ 16.99

    A wholly original way of looking at Tupac Shakur that will thrill those who already love the artist and enlighten those who want to understand him more...

  • Raising Kanyeby Donda West; Karen Hunter; Kanye West

    Pocket Books 2007; Not Available

    As the mother of hip-hop superstar Kanye West, Donda West has watched her son grow from a brilliant baby boy with all the intimations of fame and fortune to one of the hottest rappers on the music scene. And she has every right to be proud: she raised her son with strong moral values, teaching him right from wrong and helping him become the man he... more...

  • Afeni Shakurby Jasmine Guy

    Atria Books 2010; Not Available

    One of the most visible figures in both the hip-hop and civil rights movements charts her moral and spiritual development in a stirring and poignant memoir spanning five decades. As a child growing up in North Carolina, Alice Faye Williams knew that the most important thing her impoverished family lacked was land; as she puts it, "The land, to live... more...